OK, I know it is still the 12 days of Christmas, but my mind is going on to thinking about hopes for the New Year. My hope is that we will get hold of what the essence of the Kingdom “here but not yet” is about: Justice. In First World Charismatic Christianity the Kingdom has become sort of one dimensional sadly, in that there is a fixation about physical healing and how we can see more of it. That shows how pampered we have become and how out of touch and meaningless we can seem to be in a world that for billions is unsafe and unjust and where wrong often triumphs over many generations. I love the words of this old hymn, and make it my prayer for this and every New Year:
1 Thy kingdom come! On bended knee
the passing ages pray;
and faithful souls have yearned to see
on earth that kingdom’s day.
2 But the slow watches of the night
not less to God belong;
and for the everlasting right
the silent stars are strong.
3 And lo, already on the hills
the flags of dawn appear;
gird up your loins, ye prophet souls,
proclaim the day is near:
4 The day in whose clear-shining light
all wrong shall stand revealed,
when justice shall be throned in might,
and every hurt be healed;
5 When knowledge, hand in hand with peace,
shall walk the earth abroad:
the day of perfect righteousness,
the promised day of God.
(Click here for the tune to which this hymn is usually sung!)
God Bless you and God bless the world